Category Archives: football

Saturday’s MIAA/KCAC/Jayhawk scores

Scores as I get ‘em. -TA


No. 21 Pittsburg State 45, Northeastern State 6 FINAL It’s not how the Gorillas start the season against patsies, but good win nonetheless.

Thursday’s results

Washburn 58, Nebraska-Kearney 13

Emporia State 43, Fort Hays State 13

No. 3 Northwest Missouri 45, No. 18 Saginaw Valley State 24

No. 6 Missouri Western 36, Central Missouri 23

Missouri Southern 52, Central Oklahoma 38

Lindenwood 24, Lincoln 22


Friends 24, No. 20 Doane 21 FINAL/OT biggest win for Falcons in a long time.

Bethany 35,  Southwest Assemblies of God 20 FINAL

No. 17 Tabor 10, Nebraska Wesleyan 9 FINAL

Saint Mary 36, Oklahoma Baptist 30 FINAL

Hastings 38, Kansas Wesleyan 20 FINAL

No. 15 Baker 25, No. 18 Ottawa 24 FINAL

Panhandle State 35, Sterling 13 FINAL


No. 13 Hutchinson 34, No. 12 Garden City 24 FINAL

No. 4 Butler 52, Fort Scott 14 FINAL

Dodge City 41, Highland 35 FINAL two of the most improved teams in the entire country

Arkansas Baptist 44, Independence 3 FINAL

Coffeyville 37, No. 7 NEO A&M 19 FINAL

MIAA, Jayhawk, KCAC football previews

We dropped our monster football section today — in print and at — and as always, there was a large state/junior college presence. That means features, conference capsules and pics from the MIAA, Jayhawk Conference, KCAC and even looks at the HAAC schools in Kansas. Here’s a rundown of what we cooked up, with lots and lots of links:

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KCAC Media Day

The KCAC’s 10 teams brought out their head coaches for Media Day on Wednesday in Old Town in Wichita — the first time the event has been outside of Salina in a couple of decades. Here’s short breakdowns of what the coaches said, and this: 

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KJCCC Media Day

The Jayhawk Conference held its annual media day on Friday at Newman University.Butler Community College, last year’s national runner-up, was picked to win the Jayhawk again and Hutchinson was picked second. All eight coaches, Jayhawk commish Bryce Roderick and supervisor of officials Craig Helser all spoke. The big difference this year is going to be the change to 20 out-of-state players on each team — up from 12. Here’s small tidbits on each team from Friday in the order they were picked to finish in the coaches’ preseason poll:

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The five best small-college football coaches in Kansas

When it comes to football, the Sunflower Slate/small-college beat encompasses, primarily, four schools from the NCAA Division II MIAA (Fort Hays State, Pittsburg State, Washburn, Emporia State), 10 schools from the NAIA-based KCAC (Friends, Tabor, Bethany, McPherson, Ottawa, Southwestern, Sterling, Bethel, Kansas Wesleyan, Saint Mary) and eight schools from the NJCAA-based Jayhawk Conference (Butler, Hutchinson, Independence, Garden City, Dodge City, Coffevyille, Highland, Fort Scott).

So that’s the framework for what I’ve done here, which is rank the Top 5 football coaches from those schools. I owe a big tip of the hat to Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel, who did something similar last week. Although Mandel did a Top 10 and Bottom 5 for Division I, which I won’t do, because making a Bottom 5 seems somewhat unfair to these coaches because their budgets and facilities are so vastly different, whereas with Mandel’s picks, those guys are all playing on a (somewhat) even playing field.

This Top 5 isn’t based on lifetime achievement (see Friends’ Monty Lewis not making the list) but instead on who the five best coaches are right now. A good track record over the last 2-3 seasons is the key, but the overall body of work is definitely taken into account.

So here you go:

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Who killed Brandon Brown?


Jurors in McPherson County brought back a not guilty verdict today in the second-degree murder trial of ex-McPherson College football player Alton Franklin, who stood accused of killing Tabor College football player Brandon Brown last September in at a house party in McPherson. Brown died of trauma to the head — witnesses said Franklin sucker-punched him and then hit him while he was on the ground.

Another Ex-McPherson College football player, DeQuinte Flournoy, was also charged with second-degree murder, but he pleaded down to aggravated battery in exchange for his testimony.

Jurors also had the option of finding Franklin guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

The verdict is a high-profile defeat for McPherson County Attorney David Page and a black eye for the McPherson Police Department, who were heard on videotape laughing and joking as Brown lay unconscious in the front yard of the house party.

Some questions I have from the trial:

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Reaction From Tabor College to Brandon Brown verdict

Just received this from Tabor College President Jules Glanzer:

“It is with a heavy heart that I am informing the Tabor Community regarding the trial in McPherson on the death of our student Brandon Brown.  At approximately 2:30 this afternoon, the jury returned the verdict that Alton Franklin is not guilty of second-degree murder.  Our hearts are heavy and broken and our prayers go out to Brandon’s family, friends and teammates as we continue to mourn the loss of our loved one. The jury deliberated for approximately two hours.  Franklin is now discharged from jail and his $250,000 bond.

The words that keep coming to my mind are the words of Jesus. ‘Father forgive them, they know not what they do.’”

President Glanzer

Butler pulls off recruiting coup with QB Zeke Palmer


Probably the biggest signing news out of the state/junior college ranks this week was Butler Community College landing Bishop Carroll’s Zeke Palmer, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound dual-threat quarterback who has a good shot at being the Grizzlies’ starting quarterback this fall. It was a major recruiting coup for the Grizzlies in not only landing a high-profile in-stater but a player who was very, very close to being either a Division I or I-AA player right out of high school and became the victim of he and his team’s success more than anything.

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Washburn well-represented in Super Bowl (and so is the Jayhawk … again)


You read it right.

Washburn, an NCAA Division II school in Topeka, will be well-represented on the field when Super Bowl Sunday rolls around. Our friends over at did a great job of breaking down the careers of Baltimore defensive back Cary Williams and San Francisco linebacker Michael Wilhoite.

Wilhoite is in his first season on the roster for the 49ers after spending a season on the practice squad. If you’ve watched the Ravens’ playoff run, or the NFL in the last decade, you probably know who he is already.

And of course the Jayhawk is well-represented in the Super Bowl once again with San Francisco defensive back and former Coffeyville Red Raven Dashon Goldson.



NJCAA, NCAA Division II, NAIA All-Americans



NJCAA, NCAA Division II and NAIA All-Americans have been announced, and players from the Jayhawk Conference, MIAA and KCAC dot their ranks once again.

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